The architect, working in collaboration with the Natural Science Division and Facilities at Mt. San Antonio College, has developed a new, state-of-the-art science facility on the Mt. San Antonio College campus.
The central idea was to mesh the various departments into a cohesive and supportive environment. This meant not imposing a monolithic building, but rather CAPACITY2,100COST PER SQ FT$415.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio pleasant, flexible space in which students and teachers can extend learning beyond the classroom. The science building is massed carefully so that it faces a future campus mall. It also frames views and passages into courtyards and gardens. Spaces were composed for impromptu meetings to promote dialogue among disciplines, faculty and students: stair landings with borrowed vistas, a patio facing the Bio Garden, a quiet nook beside the plaza steps.
Laboratories are designed to allow instructional and bench-top teaching methodologies. Casework is designed for flexibility, allowing the rooms to be organized for a lecture of 30 or more, or a laboratory session with students working at specific teaching stations.